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Mary Thomas

2-D Mixed Media

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Booth Number: 50




My desire to be a painter was fostered early on in my hometown of Santa Fe New Mexico, where I was raised by two working artists. I was initially taken with a love for the luminosity and versatility of watercolor. I have since gone on to work with encaustic, resin, silkscreen, gold leaf, India ink, and colored pencil. My artwork begins as a watercolor on paper, which is then mounted on birch board. I then coat the painting with encaustic (beeswax combined with resin). The other media are layered between the wax washes. There is a delicacy and softness that emanates from the layering of art forms within the transparent surface. The result is an unusual depth, a three-dimensional artwork with an emphasis on unique stylized patterns, shapes and textures.

I find constant inspiration in the magic of my childhood in New Mexico,as well as the dark beauty of my new home in Portland. With my paintings I continually attempt to capture those magic ephemeral moments we all experience, both real and imagined.


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